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Lawton VFW to hold festival for young veterans

Lawton, OKLA._The Lawton VFW post, along with a few other veterans' organizations, want to celebrate the younger generation of warriors. And they've organized a festival to do just that.

The "Warriors in Transition Festival" kicks off on Saturday. It's meant to pay tribute to younger vets who are transitioning back into civilian life.

Event organizer SGM Crynell Gaines (Ret.) says vets like him have a duty to honor those troops.

"I'm a 30 year man myself, so I'm an old veteran but the young veterans have also fought in foreign wars and they're coming out now much younger than I am and during the transition back into civilian life that transition is very important," Gaines said.

Gaines says there will be plenty of food, live music and lots of activities for the kids, and most importantly spectators can meet some of our nation's young veterans.

The festival starts Saturday at 10 a.m., at the VFW Post on NE 20th. Veterans and kids under 6 get in free. For everyone else, it's only $5.00. Gaines says the event will last all day or until all the food and fun is finished.

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